Director Josh Trank Reveals First Details and Image For Fantastic Four
Considering it's hitting theaters this summer, news on Josh Trank's Fantastic Four had been fairly thin on the ground. This lack of information had Fantastic Four fans, who are understandably gun shy from the earlier movies, guessing as to just what is instore. From the get go, the word has been that Trank's Fantastic Four was going to be a very different movie from the ones seen in 2005 and 2007. Now, in an interview with Collider Trank has revealed his plans for the movie, stating that his inspiration came from the science fiction movies of David Cronenberg.
"I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films. I'm a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they're transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control. And the potential for a hard sci-fi take on that material makes me really excited. I don't really see that kind of potential and that kind of take being implemented on any of the other superhero movies that seem to be coming out in the next few years. Superhero movies have become a genre unto themselves and I didn't really grow up on superhero movies. I grew up on genre movies before superhero was a genre."
You have to admire Trank's desire to make more of a hard sci-fi movie out of this comic book classic, but I just hope he doesn't try to focus on punching out too much grittiness and remembers that this is, after all, a comic book adaptation. Striking that balance is something that Marvel in particular has done so well, and while I would never suggest Trank and Fox should follow another studio's mould, the success of movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier should never be ignored.
Cronenberg went on to discuss his thoughts on what he sees as a common misconception that lies at the heart of the Fantastic Four property.
"I think a real misconception people have comes from the adjectives. Fantastic means the tone needs to be fantastical, and we're talking about fantastical things, but it doesn't mean "pop." People need to refresh their understanding of the English language because "fantastical" means The Fly. These are fantastical things that are befalling real people and the realities we see in our everyday lives. There's something creepy about the fantastical and there's something inspiring about the fantastical. And to have that be birthed out of a reality that we're familiar with is why we go to the movies. It's why I go to the movies. I want to see that. And I think it's lacking these days. It will be cool to bring to a modern audience and introduce young audiences to stuff that I myself not too long ago fell in love with. And that's why I do what I do today."
In terms of the universe that Fantastic Four will live on, Trank does reveal that the studio are definitely taking more of a Marvel approach to storytelling. However, he does admit that there is a challenge in creating a movie universe when the studio's only other major property is X-Men and those previous movies haven't so much as hinted at the existence of the Fantastic Four. Still, the fact that they are even thinking of interweaving these movies with one another.
Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7th 2015.